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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Nov 24, 2008 4:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: INITIATIONS

Hi Pauly, what a great idea for a thread, IMHO. I hope you get a lot of 'play' with it...

I only attended one show, but it's better than none, I suppose...or it would have been if the show hadn't sucked so bad, including the whole experience, not just the band. I wrote a review of it on the board for this show, but I didn't tell the story. Now would be the time...take your mind back, if you will, to NYE, Oakland Auditorium, 12-31-1979...

Dosed to the gills, my 2 teeny bopper friends and I show up in the Fabled Parking Lot, sans tickets. One of my friends was supposed to buy them, but 'spaced it.' Not getting off on the right foot, eh? Hanging out in the Lot, we were fortunate to find a scalper with 3 spare tickets at a kind of high price, but we were lucky to find him, or so we thought, until we tried to get in and found we had spent our last $$$ on counterfeit tix. Some kind soul overheard our plight and Miracled us for real...the best thing that happened that night. Whoever you are, man, if you're out there, I hope you were karmically reimbursed for that act! :D

On the way back to the line to get in, we espied a young couple in full punk regalia, also on their way in. I love punk music, and was encouraged to see open minded punk rockers going into a Dead show. That was, until I saw some Heads calling names at them and actually throwing garbage at the blameless punks. This was the tolerant, enviable Parking Lot scene everyone had been raving about? Disappointing, to say the least, and we were years away from the Touchhead era....wow.

The show itself? Might be one of the worst performances I've ever heard, and I was trying hard to like it at the time (see my review on the page for the board, which I'll link at the bottom here). Over than a really cool version of Althea, there are virtually NO highlights, and plenty of F-ups, although the China/Rider gave me a thrill, as it's one of my fave medleys...but this version is pretty limp. And this was a NYE show, for cry-yi...sad sad sad. Listening to it later, I can see that it wasn't my state of mind making me not enjoy this show: it really IS lousy. Hear for yourself:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-12-31.sbd.hinko.17281.sbeok.shnf

This post was modified by Styrofoam Cueball on 2008-11-25 00:36:10

This post was modified by Styrofoam Cueball on 2008-11-25 00:36:47

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Nov 25, 2008 11:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: INITIATIONS

"On the way back to the line to get in, we espied a young couple in full punk regalia, also on their way in. I love punk music, and was encouraged to see open minded punk rockers going into a Dead show. That was, until I saw some Heads calling names at them and actually throwing garbage at the blameless punks."

MAYBE it was just PAYBACK for the incident earlier that year at SPARTAN STADIUM (4-22-79) in San Jose. A gang of PUNKS were screaming, "Bury the Grateful Dead" just before the band hit the stage at 2 PM on a Saturday afternoon...

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Poster: paulypecker Date: Nov 24, 2008 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: INITIATIONS

Thanks for the response.Sorry your only experience was not up to par.I've seen some clunkers too,but for the most part,solid shows:

4/12/82-Nassau Coliseum,NY
4/29/84-Nassau
4/6/87-Meadowlands, NJ
7/2/87-Rochester,NY
7/12/87-Giants Stadium(w/Dylan)
9/20/87-MSG
3/30/88-Meadowlands
9/8/88-Spectrum
9/12/88-Spectrum
7/10/89-Giant's
10/18/89-Spectrum
10/19/89-Spectrum
9/10/90-Spectrum
3/28/91-Nassau
3/29/91-Nassau
6/16/91-Giant's
9/14/91-MSG
3/16/92-Spectrum
3/17/92-Spectrum
3/18/92-Spectrum
6/15/92-Giant's
3/31/93-Nassau
4/1/93-Nassau
4/5/93-Nassau
6/6/93-Giant's
9/21/93-MSG
9/22/93-MSG
3/28/94-Nassau
8/3/94-Giant's
10/19/94-MSG
6/18/95-Giant's

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Nov 24, 2008 5:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: INITIATIONS

I believe there are more good Dead shows than bad ones, there's proof enough here on the Archive! :) Timing is everything...lol

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Nov 24, 2008 4:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: INITIATIONS

My first show was at the Philly Civic Center 4-21-84.
I was a senior in high school and it was my first concert ever. I really don't remember much about it. Rode up in a van with a bunch of guys from school. We got pretty toked up on the way up and then bought some doses in the lot. The thing that left the most lasting impression on me was seeing all the freaks ( I mean that in a good way) on the streets outside the venue. I really had no idea what to expect and it was an eye opening experience to say the least. I also seem to recall that some heads without tickets were trying to climb the front of the building to get to a balcony above to scam into the show. Or it could have just been the doses. Don't really remember much about the show itself, although I have listened to it here on archive. A pretty good first show, but nothing outstanding. I seem to remember that we all had a pretty good time. I definitely recall that it was a drag having to make my curfew at home pretty much right after the show. Spent the rest of the night tripping by myself in my room. Would rather have still been out partying. Oh well!!

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 24, 2008 5:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: INITIATIONS

that 4-21 gig is a fav of mine. Love that show and yes....I like Don't need Love

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 24, 2008 8:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: INITIATIONS

" Love that show and yes....I like Don't need Love "

Lobster, I believe that's the first or second time I've disagreed with your otherwise impeccible tasts

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 25, 2008 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: INITIATIONS

Believe me I know I'm in the minority on Don't Need Love. Even Jerry hated it. If you look at the times it was performed, many of them indicate that jerry actually leaves the stage during it. I think that's pretty funny.